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Internet users worldwide cross four billion mark
September 2, 2018, 12:35 pm

The number of internet users worldwide crossed the four billion mark in the first half of 2018 says a new report titled ‘Digital in 2018’ by global social media agencies, We Are Social and Hootsuite. The report pointed out that behind this surge in internet users was the increasing availability of affordable smartphones and mobile data plans.

Some of the other highlights from the report include: More than half of the world’s total population of 7.6 billion inhabitants are now online. Over a quarter of a billion new users went online for the first time in 2017. Africa registered the fastest growth rate, with the number of internet users across the continent increasing by more than 20 percent year-on-year.

Over 200 million people gained access to a mobile phone for the first time in 2017, taking the total number of people having a mobile phone to 5.1 billion. More than half of the handsets in use today are ‘smart’ devices, so it becomes relatively easy for people to enjoy a rich internet experience wherever they are. The average internet user now spends around six hours each day, or roughly a quarter of their day using internet-powered devices and services. 

Extrapolating this usage to the 4.02 billion internet users worldwide, we get a staggering 24 billion hours of usage per day. the average Smartphone user around the world also now consume almost 3GB of data every month – an increase of more than 50 percent since this time last year.

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